Makita XLC02ZW 18V Compact Vacuum Review

Makita XLC02ZW 18V Compact Vacuum Review

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Makita XLC02ZW 18V Compact Vacuum

(Bare Tool, Tool Only)

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Whether for use in the house or the workshop, an efficient vacuum is essential to keep things spick and span.

If you’re woodworking, cleaning up dust and debris is a question of both safety and comfort. All power tools tend to kick up large volumes of menacing dust and a large upright vacuum is not necessarily the smartest option for combating this. The good news is, you have other options…

With today’s Makita XLC022ZW compact vacuum review, we’ll break down another extremely solid cordless that will grace any workshop.

We’ll have a swift glance at the pros and cons of this stick before exploring it in more depth…
Pros
* First-rate suction power that remains constant throughout charging cycle
* Impressive 33 minutes of action on a full charge
* Accepts Makita 18V LXT battery (lithium-ion) if you want to maximize fade-free run time
* Enhance floor nozzle perfectly designed to help maneuverability and to suck up debris from tight spots
* Weighs just over 3 pounds when battery is attached so clean up without feeling the strain
* Rubberized handle gives you both comfort and control on the job
* Bagless with a dual-filtration system meaning improved efficiency and ease of cleaning
* Washable filters for ongoing economy
* 3-year limited warranty for your peace of mind
Cons
* Limited to Makita battery and charger and you need to buy this separately bumping up the cost
* Works better with fine dust than large chunks of wood

Assuming you have a decent vacuum cleaner in your house, you most likely don’t want to drag this out into the workshop. A great solution is to buy something much lighter and more flexible like a cordless stick, sometimes known as an electric broom.

The Makita XLC02ZW is a powerful but agile stick vacuum giving you all the flexibility of a cordless unit along with a pretty impressive run time. Contrary to the Amazon listing underselling the battery life, you’ll get around half an hour of continuous suction from this stick. Charging only takes around 20 minutes so, once the battery is flat, you’ll be back up and running in no time.

One downside is that this comes as a bare tool. You’ll need to invest in a Makita 18V lithium-ion battery and a dedicated charger so make certain you’re clear on this to avoid any nasty surprises. If you want to boost the run time, consider picking up Makita’s LXT battery.

You can opt to buy it in kit form at extra cost. This will yield you 3 extra cloth filters.

Thinking of filters, the dual-stage system included a filter and pre-filter. These are washable and reusable so you won’t need to continually replace them. A pair of neat locking tabs keep the filter firmly in place so you won’t end up with any unexpected messes.

Since it’s bagless, you’ll also save money here over time. While bagged vacuums might allow you to ditch the contents without coming into contact with any dust, the running costs can be prohibitive. These costs are further increased since you need to empty the bags before they’re much more than half filled. There’s no such nonsense with the Makita. Simply ditch the contents of the dust cup into the trash and you’re good to go.

The Makita has a very small footprint which means it’s a breeze to use and a cinch to store away without clogging up your workshop. It’s just over 18 inches long and weighs a mere 3.2 pounds when the battery is in place. Whether you want to clean up in the workshop or give your cars a quick once-over, the Makita will work wonders.

With a well-crafted rubberized handle, you’ll be able to take care of business without any cramping or blisters. The stick is nicely balanced so you won’t find it toppling over, a bugbear that blights many competing stick vacs.

The outstanding 3-year limited warranty lets you buy with complete confidence and is a nice touch for a vacuum at this price point.
Final Words
If you are on the trail of a nimble little cordless stick that’s perfect for use in the workshop, home or car, the Makita XLC02ZW makes the ideal choice.

It’s pretty reasonably priced for a vacuum with such brand heritage but you need to factor in buying a battery and charger. You’ll be limited to Makita’s proprietary attachments so bear this in mind when you’re budgeting.

For a no-nonsense cordless vac that comes well-guaranteed and positively reviewed, you really can’t go wrong. Road test the Makita today so there’s no excuse for a messy workshop!

Feel free to get in touch any time with your questions or feedback. We love to hear from our readers and we’ll help out in any way we can.

Be sure to come back soon for our upcoming list of the 10 best air cleaners and dust collectors on the market.

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Makita XLC02ZW 18V Compact Vacuum Review

Assuming you have a decent vacuum cleaner in your house, you most likely don’t want to drag this out into the workshop. A great solution is to buy something much lighter and more flexible like a cordless stick, sometimes known as an electric broom.

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